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Factors affecting dog–dog interactions on walks with their owners

By Petr Řezáč, Petra Viziová, Michaela Dobešová, Zdeněk Havlíček, Dagmar Pospíšilová

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Abstract

Little is known about factors influencing dyadic interactions between dogs in public places. This paper reports on the effect of dog age, gender and size, human gender and the use of a leash on the occurrence of body sniffing, scent-marking, playing games, showing a threat and biting in canine dyads on walks with their owners. Observations of 1870 interacting dogs were made in public places where owners frequently walked their dogs. Dogs off a leash sniffed one another more often than dogs on a leash (P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 134
Issue 3
Pages 170-176
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.08.006
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  1. Aggression
  2. Bites and stings
  3. Dogs
  4. play
  5. threats